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[tah-bee] /ˈtɑ bi/
noun, plural tabi, tabis.
a covering for the foot, similar to a sock, having a separate pouchlike stall for the large toe, worn especially in Japan, often with zoris.
Origin of tabi
1890-95; < Japanese, perhaps < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese dānpí single-skin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The population is divided into two clans—the Bule and the tabi.

  • From tabi the distance to the ruins of Labna is some twelve miles.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • There is first put on a short stocking, or tabi, which reaches a little above the ankle and fastens in the back.

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
  • If we wrote ten thousand words they would surely not be so convincing as this eloquent incident at tabi.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • I discarded boots and walked with my skirts up to my knees, bare legs and Japanese tabi, as did J—— and C——.

    A Journal from Japan Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • I am taking a set of cotton kimonas to China so as to have them to wear in my room with the tabi on hot days.

  • Our walk lay for twelve long miles to the village of tabi, where we had been told that food would be procurable.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • A rich watered silk: from the French “tabis”; Italian, “tabi”; Persian, “retabi.”

  • Somewhat drunk, he entered the Tanaka no Mikawaya, a tabi (sock) shop.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville

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